Can the U.S. Pursue Interests and Values at the Same Time?

Sep 26, 2015

As a democratic nation, America champions ideals such as freedom and liberty. Drawing from his government service and extensive background in foreign policy, Professor McFaul proposes a framework for thinking about democracy and asks how and if the U.S. should spread democracy to other countries.

Michael McFaul, ’86, MA ’86, is a professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has served the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, and most recently as the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Professor McFaul has written and edited several books on international relations and foreign policy, and his op-ed writings have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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